claustrophobia


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claustrophobia

 [klaws″tro-fo´be-ah]
irrational fear of being shut in; fear of enclosed spaces, such as elevators and tunnels.

claus·tro·pho·bi·a

(klaws'trō-fō'bē-ă),
A morbid fear of being in a confined place.
[L. claustrum, an enclosed space, + G. phobos, fear]

claustrophobia

/claus·tro·pho·bia/ (-fo´be-ah) irrational fear of being shut in, of closed places.

claustrophobia

(klô′strə-fō′bē-ə)
n.
An abnormal fear of being in narrow or enclosed spaces.

claus′tro·phobe′ n.

claustrophobia

[klôs′trə-]
Etymology: L, claustrum, a closing; Gk, phobos, fear
a morbid fear of being in or becoming trapped in enclosed or narrow places. The phenomenon is observed more often in women than in men and can generally be traced to some traumatic situation involving enclosed spaces, usually occurring in childhood. Treatment consists of psychotherapy to uncover the cause of the phobic reaction, followed by behavior therapy, specifically systematic desensitization or flooding technique.

claustrophobia

The mental and behavioural stress response to confinement in a relatively small area.

claustrophobia

Psychiatry An abnormal/morbid/irrational fear of closed spaces–eg elevators, tunnels. See Phobia.

claus·tro·pho·bi·a

(klaw'strŏ-fō'bē-ă)
A morbid fear of being in a confined place.
[L. claustrum, an enclosed space, + G. phobos, fear]

claustrophobia

Fear of confined spaces. This is one of the phobic disorders and is usually associated with others such as agoraphobia.
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